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Book sales benifit CASA

A book with 1200 young authors went on sale April 25 in Springfield. Proceeds will benifit CASA of Southwest Missouri. Mike Smith has more in this story from Friday April 23rd.

If the Guiness Book of Records has a category for book signings, an event this weekend may set a new record.

Springfield businessman David Harrison is an author and advocate for kids and CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri.

He says most of the 1,200 authors of "What I've Learned About Life in the Ozarks'Our Kids Perspective", will be at The Library Center Sunday, and proceeds from the sale of the books will benefit CASA in its efforts to advocate for children placed in foster care because of abuse or neglect.

Harrison says the young authors come from 89 schools in 31 communities around Southwest Missouri and Northern Arkansas . There were thousands of submissions and it took a lot of work from a team of editors to trim the publication down to 160 pages. The editors accepted 600 submissions from elementary school students, 400 from middle school students, and 200 from High school students.

David Harrison says the project has been fun and rewarding, but the goal is serious one'to sell the books for the benefit of CASA. And not just to the parents of the children whose work is included in it.

The book signing and sale of "What I've Learned About Life in the Ozarks'Our Kids Perspective", will be at the Library Center , 4653 south Campbell , Sunday afternoon from 2-4 o'clock. The books can also be purchased at the CASA office, 833 North Boonville, AND at Barnes and Noble Bookstores. David Harrison says negotiations are on-going about making the books available in other bookstores too.